‘Very, Very Sad News’: ABC This Week Executive Producer Dax Tejera dies from a heart attack aged 37
- Dax Tejera was a married father-of-two and Executive Producer at ABC News
- He died ‘suddenly’ on December 23 from a heart attack, according to bosses
- Tejera worked with George Stephanopoulos and had previously worked at NBC
ABC This Week Executive Producer Dax Tejera died unexpectedly on Friday from a heart attack at the age of 37.
Tejera was a married father-of-two and beloved member of the ABC News team.
He worked with George Stephanopoulos and Martha Raddatz, recently traveling to London to contribute to the network’s coverage of the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
In a memo to staff on Christmas Eve, ABC News President Kim Godwin said: ‘It’s with a heavy heart and great sadness that we share that our friend and colleague, Dax Tejera passed away suddenly of a heart attack last night.
ABC This Week producer Dax Tejera died suddenly from a heart attack on Friday
Tejera with his wife Veronica and their two young daughters. ABC colleagues are paying tribute to him now as a loving and proud father
‘As EP of “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” Dax’s energy, passion and love for that show, ABC News, and you, shined every Sunday morning. That same love was extended to his precious girls.
‘Our thoughts are with his wife, Veronica, the couple’s two young daughters, and the entire Tejera family.’
Tributes have since flooded social media.
Good Morning America correspondent Gio Benitez said in one touching Instagram post: ‘As you celebrate Christmas Eve with your families, please hold Dax Tejera’s family in your thoughts and prayers.
‘He was the Executive Producer of This Week ABC, a friend to all of us, and — most importantly — a loving husband to Veronica and devoted father to two beautiful little girls, Sofia and Ella.
Tejera producing for Martha Raddatz in the UK earlier this year following the death of Queen Elizabeth II
Tejera with ABC colleagues at a meeting with President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden
Tejera with ABC News correspondent Gio Benitez, who led tributes on social media
Tejera with Katie Couric and Jorge Ramos at the Republican National Convention in 2016
Tributes to the 37-year-old father-of-two on LinkedIn and social media after the news of his death
‘Dax was a champion for so many at ABC News, leading the way on groundbreaking television specials.’
He posted a photo of the pair at The White House, explaining that it had been taken after interviewing Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre ‘for a first-of-its-kind broadcast network Pride special’.
Tejera had worked at ABC since 2017, when he started as a Senior Producer at the network’s Washington DC bureau
‘We often connected on being exactly the same age: 37. Far too young to now be gone. We will miss you deeply, Dax. Godspeed, my friend,’ Benitez wrote.
Cecilia Vega posted her own tribute, writing alongside a photo of Tejera: ‘Your smile. Your laugh. Your dedication. Your profound love of Veronica and your beautiful daughters. Your pride in your work. The way you looked out for the next generation and fought to pave the way for Latinos coming up.
‘The way you broke barriers yourself. The way you always cheered me on and believed in me. Your dapper Miami style and the fact that even on the coldest of cold days you never wore socks. Dax Tejera, you are gone too soon.
‘We will miss everything about you. Your familia were so lucky to have you. Your legacy lives on in all those you championed and cheered.’
Tejera had worked at ABC since 2017, when he started as a Senior Producer at the network’s Washington DC bureau.
He previously worked at NBC and held degrees from both Dartmouth and Columbia.
Tejera with his wife Veronica